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Michael McCormack Nationals Candidate For Riverina

Federal Election 21 August 2010

Victor P Taffa

In the Riverina, health and water are the two biggest concerns, amongst many other issues, Nationals Candidate for Riverina Michael McCormack said.

Born in Wagga and raised on family properties at Marrar and Brucedale, Michael became the youngest editor of a daily newspaper in Australia when he took the helm of Wagga’s Daily Advertiser at the age of 27.

Although he won numerous writing awards and scholarships at the Advertiser, Michael is proudest of the role he played as a community advocate during his time at the paper. In 1997 he spearheaded the movement to save the RAAF base at Wagga which resulted in the retention and expansion of the base.


Michael has a long history of community service with groups such as Rotary and school P&F Associations. A keen sportsman, Michael’s interests include cricket, Aussie Rules, Rugby League, basketball and hockey. He is also a racing enthusiast, and was director of the Murrumbidgee Turf Club from 1994 to 2003.

Today Michael has a small publishing and media business in Wagga, where he lives with wife Catherine and their three children.

As someone who grew up in the Riverina, and as a father of three children, Michael has a strong and vested interest in the future of the Riverina.

Michael is committed to fight for the Riverina’s fair share of health funding, and to ensure that smaller hospitals in the region are not threatened by government reforms to the health system.

He has also committed to fighting any federal takeover of the Murray-Darling basin that hurts the local irrigation industry.

Responsibility for Election Comment

Under the provisions of the relevant Electoral Act responsibility for all election comment is assumed by Editor Victor P Taffa. The Registered office of The Southern Thunderer is at 4/69a Darvall Road, West Ryde NSW 2114.


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